IWGP Tag Team Championship

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IWGP Tag Team Championship
Karl Anderson at BCW East meets West.jpg
Karl Anderson, two-time IWGP Tag Team Champion, with one of the title belts in May 2014.
Details
Current champion(s) Bullet Club (Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson)
Date won January 4, 2014
Date established December 12, 1985[1]
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)
Other name(s)
  • IWGP World Tag Team Championship (used primarily in TNA)
  • New Japan IWGP (World) Tag Team Championship (used primarily in TNA)

The IWGP Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling tag team championship owned by the New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) promotion. "IWGP" is the acronym of the NJPW's governing body, the International Wrestling Grand Prix. The title was introduced on December 12, 1985 at a NJPW live event.[1] The IWGP Tag Team Championship is not the only tag team title contested for in NJPW; the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship is also sanctioned by NJPW.[2] According to NJPW's official website, the IWGP Tag Team Championship is considered an "IWGP Heavy Weight Class", while the Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship is listed as an "IWGP Jr. Tag Class".[2] Like most professional wrestling championships, the title is won via the result of a scripted match. Title changes usually happen at NJPW-promoted events; although the title has only changed hands twice at a non-NJPW event,[3] it has been defended in several other promotions.

Hiroyoshi Tenzan currently holds the record for most reigns by an individual wrestler, with eleven. Tenzan's combined eleven reign lengths add up to 1,954 days, which is the most of any champion. At five reigns, the teams of Tenzan and Masahiro Chono, and Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima hold the record for most by a team. Tenzan and Chono's combined five reign lengths add up to 1,010 days (the most of any team). At 564 days, Bad Intentions' (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson) only reign is the longest in the title's history. Keiji Mutoh and Shiro Koshinaka's only reign is the shortest, at six days. Currently, Bad Intentions' only reign has the most defenses, with ten. There are 15 reigns shared between 14 teams that are tied for the fewest successful defenses, with zero. Overall, there have been 64 reigns shared between 57 wrestlers. The current champions are Bullet Club (Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson), who are in their first reign as a team. Individually, this is the first reign for Gallows and the second for Anderson.

History[edit]

The inaugural champions were Kengo Kimura and Tatsumi Fujinami, who defeated Antonio Inoki and Seiji Sakaguchi in the finals of a tournament to win the championship on December 12, 1985 at a NJPW live event.[1] In addition to NJPW, the IWGP Tag Team Championship was also contested in the United States-based promotions World Championship Wrestling (WCW) (now defunct) in the early 1990s and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) in 2009,[4] and in the Mexican lucha libre promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (Spanish for Worldwide Wrestling Council) in 2005.[5]

On October 30, 2005 in Kobe, Japan, Tenzan and Chono defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi and Shinsuke Nakamura to begin their fifth overall reign as a team.[6] On July 2, 2006, a provisional tag team title was created (known as the "IWGP Provisional Tag Team Championship") when Tenzan and Chono showed signs of inactivity.[6] Koshinaka and Togi Makabe defeated the teams of Yuji Nagata and Naofumi Yamamoto and Giant Bernard and Travis Tomko in a three-way match to become the first champions. NJPW president Simon Kelly Inoki stripped Tenzan and Chono of the IWGP Tag Team Championship on September 20, 2006 after Tenzan and Chono ceased teaming. Manabu Nakanishi and Takao Ōmori, who defeated Koshinaka and Makabe on July 17, 2006 to become the IWGP Provisional Tag Team Champions, were recognized as the IWGP Tag Team Champions on September 28, 2006 by NJPW.[7]

In 2009, The British Invasion, defeated Team 3D on July 21, 2009 at the taping of the July 30, 2009 episode of TNA's primary television program, TNA Impact!, in a tables match.[8][9] Afterwards, NJPW released a statement announcing that they did not sanction the defense nor the title change, and as such were not going to recognize the reign.[10] They continued to recognize Team 3D as the current champions and proclaimed that the next title defense would be by Team 3D and would be sanctioned by NJPW.[11] On August 10, 2009, NJPW issued another press release stating that they were now recognizing The British Invasion of Brutus Magnus and Doug Williams as the current IWGP Tag Team Champions, making the reign official.[3][12]

Title history[edit]

# Order in reign history
Reign The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed
Event The event in which the title was won
Successful defenses The number of successful defenses the champions had during their reign
Wrestler name (#) The number represents the individual reigns of a wrestler when this is distinct from the tag team's reign.
Used for vacated reigns so as not to count it as an official reign
N/A The information is not available or is unknown
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily
# Team Reign Date Days
held
Location Event Successful defenses Notes
1 Kengo Kimura and Tatsumi Fujinami 1 December 12, 1985 236 Sendai, Japan Live event 5 Kimura and Fujinami defeated Antonio Inoki and Seiji Sakaguchi in a tournament final to become the first champions.[1][13]
2 Akira Maeda and Osamu Kido 1 August 5, 1986 49 Tokyo, Japan Burning Spirit in Summer 1
3 Kengo Kimura (2) and Tatsumi Fujinami (2) 2 September 23, 1986 135 Tokyo, Japan Challenge Spirit 1986 0 [14]
Vacated February 5, 1987 N/A N/A The championship was vacated when Kimura and Fujinami split up.[14]
4 Keiji Mutoh and Shiro Koshinaka 1 March 20, 1987 6 Tokyo, Japan Spring Flare Up 1987 0 Koshinaka and Mutoh defeated Akira Maeda and Nobuhiko Takada in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.
5 Akira Maeda (2) and Nobuhiko Takada 1 March 26, 1987 159 Osaka, Japan Inoki Toukon Live II 2
6 Kazuo Yamazaki and Yoshiaki Fujiwara 1 September 1, 1987 139 Fukuoka, Japan Sengoku Battle Series 1987 2
7 Kengo Kimura (3) and Tatsumi Fujinami (3) 3 January 18, 1988 144 Takuyama, Japan New Year Golden Series 1988 3
8 Masa Saito and Riki Chōshū 1 June 10, 1988 282 Hiroshima, Japan IWGP Champion Series 1988 4
9 George Takano and Super Strong Machine[N 1] 1 March 19, 1989 116 Yokohama, Japan Big Fight Series 1
10 Riki Chōshū (2) and Takayuki Iizuka[N 2] 1 July 13, 1989 69 Tokyo, Japan Live event 1
11 Masa Saito (2) and Shinya Hashimoto 1 September 20, 1989 219 Osaka, Japan Bloody Fight Series 1989: Super Power Battle in Osaka 3
12 Keiji Mutoh (2) and Masahiro Chono 1 April 27, 1990 189 Tokyo, Japan Live event 3
13 Hiroshi Hase and Kensuke Sasaki 1 November 1, 1990 55 Tokyo, Japan Dream Tour 1990 2
14 Hiro Saito and Super Strong Machine (2)[N 1] 1 December 26, 1990 70 Hamamatsu, Japan King of Kings 2
15 Hiroshi Hase (2) and Kensuke Sasaki (2) 2 March 6, 1991 15 Nagasaki, Japan Big Fight Series 1991 0
16 The Steiner Brothers
(Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner)
1 March 21, 1991 229 Tokyo, Japan Starrcade 1991 in Tokyo Dome 2 The Steiners' WCW World Tag Team Championship was also on the line.
17 Hiroshi Hase (3) and Keiji Mutoh (3) 1 November 5, 1991 117 Tokyo, Japan Tokyo 3Days Battle 2 Scott Norton substituted for an injured Scott Steiner in this match.
18 Big, Bad, and Dangerous
(Big Van Vader and Crusher Bam Bam Bigelow)
1 March 1, 1992 117 Yokohama, Japan Big Fight Series 1992: New Japan Pro Wrestling 20th Anniversary Show 2
19 The Steiner Brothers
(Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner)
2 June 26, 1992 149 Tokyo, Japan Masters of Wrestling 3 The Steiners' WCW World Tag Team Championship was also on the line.
20 Scott Norton and Tony Halme 1 November 22, 1992 22 Tokyo, Japan Wrestling Scramble 1992: Battle Zone Space I 0
21 The Hell Raisers
(Hawk Warrior and Power Warrior (3)[N 3])
1 December 14, 1992 234 Tokyo, Japan Battle Final 1992 4 [13]
22 The Jurassic Powers
(Hercules Hernandez and Scott Norton (2))
1 August 5, 1993 152 Tokyo, Japan G1 Climax 1993 3 [15]
23 The Hell Raisers
(Hawk Warrior (2) and Power Warrior (4)[N 3])
2 January 4, 1994 325 Tokyo, Japan Battlefield 2
24 Hiroshi Hase (4) and Keiji Mutoh (4) 2 November 25, 1994 162 Iwate, Japan Battle Final 1994 1 [16]
Vacated May 6, 1995 N/A N/A The title was vacated by Mutoh after he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.[16]
25 Cho-Ten
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Masahiro Chono (2))
1 June 10, 1995 27 Osaka, Japan Fighting Spirit Legend 0 Tenzan and Chono defeated Junji Hirata and Shinya Hashimoto to win the vacant championship.[17]
Vacated July 7, 1995 N/A N/A The title was vacated when Chono missed a title defense due to his father's death.[17]
26 Junji Hirata (3)[N 1] and Shinya Hashimoto (2) 1 July 13, 1995 335 Sapporo, Japan Best of the Super Jr. II 6 Hashimoto and Hirata defeated Mike Enos and Scott Norton to win the vacant championship.
27 Kazuo Yamazaki (2) and Takashi Iizuka (2)[N 2] 1 June 12, 1996 34 Osaka, Japan Best of the Super Jr. III 0
28 Cho-Ten
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (2) and Masahiro Chono (3))
2 July 16, 1996 172 Sapporo, Japan Summer Struggle 1996 2
29 Kengo Kimura (4) and Tatsumi Fujinami (4) 4 January 4, 1997 98 Tokyo, Japan Wrestling World (1997) 3
30 Kensuke Sasaki (5) and Riki Chōshū (3) 1 April 12, 1997 21 Tokyo, Japan Battle Formation 1997 0
31 The Bull Powers
(Manabu Nakanishi and Satoshi Kojima)
1 May 3, 1997 99 Osaka, Japan Strong Style Evolution in Osaka Dome 1
32 Kazuo Yamazaki (3) and Kensuke Sasaki (6) 1 August 10, 1997 70 Nagoya, Japan The Four Heaven in Nagoya Dome 0
33 Keiji Mutoh (5) and Masahiro Chono (4) 2 October 19, 1997 184 Kobe, Japan nWo Typhoon 1997 2 [18]
Vacated April 21, 1998 N/A N/A The title was vacated due to Mutoh having surgery on his knee.[18]
34 Cho-Ten
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (3) and Masahiro Chono (5))
3 June 5, 1998 40 Tokyo, Japan Live event 0 Tenzan and Chono defeated Genichiro Tenryu and Shiro Koshinaka in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.
35 Genichiro Tenryu and Shiro Koshinaka (2) 1 July 15, 1998 173 Sapporo, Japan Summer Struggle 1998 2
36 Tencozy
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (4) and Satoshi Kojima (2))
1 January 4, 1999 77 Tokyo, Japan Wrestling World (1999) 1
37 Kensuke Sasaki (7) and Shiro Koshinaka 1 March 22, 1999 97 Amagasaki, Japan Hyper Battle 1999 2
38 The Mad Dogs
(Michiyoshi Ohara and Tatsutoshi Goto)
1 June 27, 1999 62 Shizuoka, Japan Summer Struggle 1999 1
39 Manabu Nakanishi (2) and Yuji Nagata 1 August 28, 1999 327 Shizuoka, Japan Jingu Climax 4
40 Tencozy
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (5) and Satoshi Kojima (3))
2 July 20, 2000 430 Tokyo, Japan Summer Struggle 2000 6
41 Osamu Nishimura and Tatsumi Fujinami (5) 1 September 23, 2001 35 Osaka, Japan G1 World 2001 1
42 BATT
(Keiji Mutoh (6) and Taiyō Kea)
1 October 28, 2001 97 Fukuoka, Japan Survival 2001: Fighting Destination in Fukuoka 0 [19]
Vacated February 2, 2002 N/A N/A The title was vacated due to Mutoh leaving NJPW.[19]
43 Cho-Ten
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (6) and Masahiro Chono (6))
4 March 24, 2002 446 Hyōgo, Japan Hyper Battle 2002 7 Tenzan and Chono defeated Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.
44 Hiroshi Tanahashi and Yutaka Yoshie 1 June 13, 2003 184 Tokyo, Japan Crush 3 [20]
45 Hiroyoshi Tenzan (7) and Osamu Nishimura (2) 1 December 14, 2003 49 Nagoya, Japan Battle Final 2003 0
46 Minoru Suzuki and Yoshihiro Takayama 1 February 1, 2004 294 Sapporo, Japan Fighting Spirit 2004 4 [21]
Vacated November 21, 2004 N/A N/A The title was vacated due to Takayama being sidelined with an injury.
47 Hiroshi Tanahashi (2) and Shinsuke Nakamura 1 December 11, 2004 323 Osaka, Japan Battle Final 2004 4 Tanahashi and Nakamura defeated Kensuke Sasaki and Minoru Suzuki to win the vacant title.
48 Cho-Ten
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (8) and Masahiro Chono (7))
5 October 30, 2005 325 Kobe, Japan Toukon Series 2005 3 [6]
Vacated September 20, 2006 N/A N/A NJPW president Simon Kelly Inoki stripped Chono and Tenzan of the title after Chono and Tenzan ceased teaming.[6]
49 Wild Child
(Manabu Nakanishi (3) and Takao Ōmori)
1 September 28, 2006 164 Sapporo, Japan Circuit2006 Final: Next Progress 1 A provisional tag team title was created on July 2, 2006 when Tenzan and Chono showed signs of inactivity; Shiro Koshinaka and Togi Makabe were the first champions.[6] Nakanishi and Ōmori were recognized as the official champions on September 28, 2006 after they won the Provisional Tag Team Championship on July 17, 2006.[7]
50 RISE
(Giant Bernard and Travis Tomko)
1 March 11, 2007 343 Nagoya, Japan New Japan Pro Wrestling 35th Anniversary Tour Circuit 2007 New Japan Evolution: New Japan Cup 2007 5
51 The Most Violent Players
(Togi Makabe and Toru Yano)
1 February 17, 2008 322 Tokyo, Japan Circuit2008 New Japan Ism 4
52 Team 3D
(Brother Devon and Brother Ray)
1 January 4, 2009 198 Tokyo, Japan Wrestle Kingdom III in Tokyo Dome 4 [3][22]
53 The British Invasion
(Brutus Magnus and Doug Williams)
1 July 21, 2009 89 Orlando, Florida TNA Impact! 1 This was a tables match that aired on the July 30, 2009 episode of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's Impact!.[9][23] NJPW did not sanction the match, nor initially recognize nor sanction the title change until August 10.[3][10][24]
54 Team 3D
(Brother Devon and Brother Ray)
2 October 18, 2009 78 Irvine, California Bound for Glory (2009) 1 This was a four-way Full Metal Mayhem Tag Team match, which also included Beer Money, Inc. and Booker T and Scott Steiner and was contested also for the TNA World Tag Team Championship, which was won by The British Invasion.[25][26]
55 No Limit
(Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro Takahashi)
1 January 4, 2010 119 Tokyo, Japan Wrestle Kingdom IV in Tokyo Dome 1 This was a three-way hardcore match, which also included Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson).[27]
56 Seigigun
(Wataru Inoue and Yuji Nagata (2))
1 May 3, 2010 47 Fukuoka, Japan Wrestling Dontaku 2010 0 This was a three-way match, which also included Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson).
57 Bad Intentions
(Giant Bernard (2) and Karl Anderson)
1 June 19, 2010 564 Osaka, Japan Dominion 6.19 10 This was a three-way elimination match, which also included No Limit (Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro Takahashi).
58 Tencozy
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (9) and Satoshi Kojima (4))
3 January 4, 2012 120 Tokyo, Japan Wrestle Kingdom VI in Tokyo Dome 2
59 Chaos
(Takashi Iizuka (3) and Toru Yano (2))
1 May 3, 2012 48 Fukuoka, Japan Wrestling Dontaku 2012 0
Vacated June 20, 2012 N/A N/A Iizuka and Yano were stripped of the title, after a title match between them and Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) on June 16 ended in a no contest.[28]
60 Tencozy
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (10) and Satoshi Kojima (5))
4 July 22, 2012 78 Yamagata, Japan Kizuna Road 0 Tenzan and Kojima defeated Chaos (Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano) to win the vacant title.
61 K.E.S.
(Davey Boy Smith, Jr. and Lance Archer)
1 October 8, 2012 207 Tokyo, Japan King of Pro-Wrestling 5
62 Tencozy
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (11) and Satoshi Kojima (6))
5 May 3, 2013 190 Fukuoka, Japan Wrestling Dontaku 2013 2 This was a four-way match, which also included Chaos (Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano) and Muscle Orchestra (Manabu Nakanishi and Strong Man).
63 K.E.S.
(Davey Boy Smith, Jr. and Lance Archer)
2 November 9, 2013 56 Osaka, Japan Power Struggle 0 This was a three-way tornado tag team match, which also included Jax Dane and Rob Conway.
64 Bullet Club
(Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson (2))
1 January 4, 2014 235+ Tokyo, Japan Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome 5

List of combined reigns[edit]

Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan [left] and Satoshi Kojima [right]) share the record for most reigns as a team with five.

As of August 27, 2014

Indicates the current champions

By team[edit]

Rank[N 4] Team No. of reigns Combined
defenses
Combined
days
1 Cho-Ten
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Masahiro Chono)
5 12 1,010
2 Tencozy
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima)
5 11 895
3 Kengo Kimura and Tatsumi Fujinami 4 11 613
4 Bad Intentions
(Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson)
1 10 564
5 The Hell Raisers
(Hawk Warrior and Power Warrior)
2 6 559
6 The Steiner Brothers
(Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner)
2 5 378
7 Keiji Mutoh and Masahiro Chono 2 5 373
8 RISE
(Giant Bernard and Travis Tomko)
1 5 343
9 Junji Hirata and Shinya Hashimoto 1 6 335
10 Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata 1 4 327
11 Hiroshi Tanahashi and Shinsuke Nakamura 1 4 323
12 The Most Violent Players
(Togi Makabe and Toru Yano)
1 4 322
13 Minoru Suzuki and Yoshihiro Takayama 1 4 294
14 Masa Saito and Riki Chōshū 1 4 282
15 Hiroshi Hase and Keiji Mutoh 2 3 279
16 Team 3D
(Brother Devon and Brother Ray)
2 5 276
17 K.E.S.
(Davey Boy Smith, Jr. and Lance Archer)
2 5 263
18 Bullet Club
(Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson)
1 5 235+
19 Masa Saito and Shinya Hashimoto 1 3 219
20 Hiroshi Tanahashi and Yutaka Yoshie 1 3 184
21 Genichiro Tenryu and Shiro Koshinaka 1 2 173
22 Wild Child
(Manabu Nakanishi and Takao Ōmori)
1 1 164
23 Akira Maeda and Nobuhiko Takada 1 2 159
24 The Jurassic Powers
(Hercules Hernandez and Scott Norton)
1 3 152
25 Kazuo Yamazaki and Yoshiaki Fujiwara 1 2 139
26 No Limit
(Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro Takahashi)
1 1 119
27 Big, Bad, and Dangerous
(Big Van Vader and Crusher Bam Bam Bigelow)
1 2 117
28 George Takano and Super Strong Machine 1 1 116
29 The Bull Powers
(Manabu Nakanishi and Satoshi Kojima)
1 1 99
30 Kensuke Sasaki and Shiro Koshinaka 1 2 97
30 BATT
(Keiji Mutoh and Taiyō Kea)
1 0 97
32 The British Invasion
(Brutus Magnus and Doug Williams)
1 1 89
33 Hiro Saito and Super Strong Machine 1 2 70
33 Hiroshi Hase and Kensuke Sasaki 2 2 70
33 Kazuo Yamazaki and Kensuke Sasaki 1 0 70
36 Riki Chōshū and Takayuki Iizuka 1 1 69
37 The Mad Dogs
(Michiyoshi Ohara and Tatsutoshi Goto)
1 1 62
38 Akira Maeda and Osamu Kido 1 1 49
38 Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Osamu Nishimura 1 0 49
40 Chaos
(Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano)
1 0 48
41 Seigigun
(Wataru Inoue and Yuji Nagata)
1 0 47
42 Osamu Nishimura and Tatsumi Fujinami 1 1 35
43 Kazuo Yamazaki and Takashi Iizuka 1 0 34
44 Scott Norton and Tony Halme 1 0 22
45 Kensuke Sasaki and Riki Chōshū 1 0 21
46 Keiji Mutoh and Shiro Koshinaka 1 0 6

By wrestler[edit]

Rank[N 4] Wrestler No. of reigns Combined
defenses
Combined
days
1 Hiroyoshi Tenzan 11 23 1,954
2 Masahiro Chono 7 17 1,383
3 Satoshi Kojima 6 12 994
4 Giant Bernard 2 15 907
5 Kensuke Sasaki/Power Warrior 7 10 816
6 Karl Anderson 2 15 799+
7 Keiji Mutoh 6 8 755
8 Tatsumi Fujinami 5 12 648
9 Kengo Kimura 4 11 613
10 Manabu Nakanishi 3 6 590
11 Hawk Warrior 2 6 559
12 Shinya Hashimoto 2 9 554
13 Junji Hirata/Super Strong Machine 3 9 521
14 Hiroshi Tanahashi 2 7 507
15 Masa Saito 2 7 501
16 Rick Steiner 2 5 378
16 Scott Steiner 2 5 378
18 Yuji Nagata 2 4 374
19 Riki Chōshū 3 5 372
20 Toru Yano 2 4 370
21 Hiroshi Hase 4 5 348
22 Travis Tomko 1 5 343
23 Shinsuke Nakamura 1 4 323
24 Togi Makabe 1 4 322
25 Minoru Suzuki 1 4 294
25 Yoshihiro Takayama 1 4 294
27 Shiro Koshinaka 3 4 276
27 Brother Devon 2 5 276
27 Brother Ray 2 5 276
30 Davey Boy Smith, Jr. 2 5 263
30 Lance Archer 2 5 263
32 Kazuo Yamazaki 3 2 243
33 Doc Gallows 1 5 235+
34 Akira Maeda 2 3 208
35 Yutaka Yoshie 1 3 184
36 Scott Norton 2 3 174
37 Genichiro Tenryu 1 2 173
38 Takao Ōmori 1 1 164
39 Nobuhiko Takada 1 2 159
40 Hercules Hernandez 1 3 152
41 Takayuki/Takashi Iizuka 3 1 151
42 Yoshiaki Fujiwara 1 2 139
43 Tetsuya Naito 1 1 119
43 Yujiro Takahashi 1 1 119
45 Big Van Vader 1 2 117
45 Crusher Bam Bam Bigelow 1 2 117
47 George Takano 1 1 116
48 Taiyō Kea 1 0 97
49 Brutus Magnus 1 1 89
49 Doug Williams 1 1 89
51 Osamu Nishimura 2 1 84
52 Hiro Saito 1 2 70
53 Michiyoshi Ohara 1 1 62
53 Tatsutoshi Goto 1 1 62
55 Osamu Kido 1 1 49
56 Wataru Inoue 1 0 47
57 Tony Halme 1 0 22

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Junji Hirata used the ring name Super Strong Machine during his first two reigns; one reign was with George Takano and the second was with Hiro Saito.
  2. ^ a b Takayuki Iizuka also used the ring name Takashi Iizuka and won the IWGP Tag Team Championship once with Kazuo Yamazaki.
  3. ^ a b Kensuke Sasaki used the ring name Power Warrior, while he was a part of The Hell Raisers.
  4. ^ a b Each reign is ranked highest to lowest; reigns with the same number mean that they are tied for that certain rank.

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